Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Kremlin lashes out at Ukraine’s construction with Western help of new bases on Black Sea

A Ukrainian naval cutter at pier in Berdyansk, Ukraine (Photo:
A Ukrainian naval cutter at pier in Berdyansk, Ukraine (Photo:
Kremlin lashes out at Ukraine’s construction with Western help of new bases on Black Sea
Edited by: A. N.; Yuri Zoria

Vladimir Putin‘s press secretary Dmitry Peskov says that Kyiv’s construction of new bases on the Black Sea, bases being built with American and British help, threatens to “destabilize” the situation, although the Kremlin spokesman suggested that the exact nature of that threat requires further study (Britain is going to assist in constructing one Ukrainian naval base on the Black Sea and another on the Sea of Azov, – Ed.).

This week, in his message to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine would soon have two new bases on the Black Sea, a development that he suggested would help Ukraine defend itself against threats from Russia and that was one of the reasons the country’s defense budget would not be cut.

The two bases, which are being built with British assistance, are not the only ones of this kind. According to Russian commentators, two more proto-bases are being constructed with American assistance.

Russian commentators have suggested that Kyiv cannot afford to build these bases on its own, an indication that Moscow is likely more disturbed by the fact that the Americans and British are involved in this process than that Ukraine will have more naval facilities in the future.

Since 1991, Moscow has been concerned about and opposed to the construction of any base anywhere in the former Soviet space if it involves Western assistance, convinced that the West is building such bases nominally for the countries where they are located but will use them in the event of a military conflict themselves.

Perhaps significantly, the Russian government has not been equally concerned about China’s construction of military bases for Tajikistan which could be used against Russian interests in the same way.

Leaving alone Putin’s PR as the “gatherer of the Russian lands” and multiple anti-Ukrainian propaganda narratives, Russia’s 2014 occupation of Crimea aimed at retaining Russia’s Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea and boosting the Russian domination in the Black Sea region. For now, Russia has stuffed the peninsula that primarily was a sea resort for many Ukrainians with military personnel and equipment and keeps changing its ethnic composition by resettling more and more Russians to this Ukrainian region. Moreover, Russia blocked the Kerch Strait – the only waterway to the Sea Of Azov shared by Ukraine and Russia – by constructing the Kerch bridge and now it illegally controls the sea traffic inspecting the vessels that are calling the Ukrainian Azov Sea ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk.

Read More:

Edited by: A. N.; Yuri Zoria
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts